The Barrie Colts rebuild got a big boost with a commitment from two of their top young prospects for next season.
The OHL club announced the signings of 2019 OHL Priority Selection fourth overall pick Brandt Clarke and sixth-round choice Trey Zagrzebski on May 15th.
“The organization is very excited about the commitments from Brandt and Trey,” Colts general manager and head scout Jason Ford said. “We welcome them to the Colts family and feel they will both be key contributors for the club moving forward throughout their junior careers.”
Regarded as the top defenceman available in the draft, the six-foot-one, 177-pound Clarke posted an impressive 113 points in regular season play with the Don Mills Flyers and another eight points in four games in helping lead the “AAA” minor midget club to the OHL Cup.
“As a staff, we had Brandt Clarke rated as the best defensive prospect in the draft,” Ford said of the young prospect. “He sees the ice extremely well and combines excellent skill with size.”
Zagrzebski, who was taken with the 107th pick overall in the draft, hails from Wisconsin. The five-foot-seven, 155-pound forward had 33 goals and 49 assists in 48 games over two seasons with his Stevens Point Area High School team.
“(Trey) is a skilled forward with excellent compete and hockey sense,” Ford said. “He was a welcomed addition to our recent development camp and brings a variety of facets to the game that will help the organization.”
Both players will at the club’s training camp at the Barrie Molson Centre in Aug., and will be attending Grade 11 classes at Innisdale Secondary School in the fall.
photo: The Barrie Colts signed defenceman Brandt Clarke, their fourth overall pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, to a standard league player’s contract on May 15th. Aaron Bell/OHL IMAGES